As the popularity of cosmetic treatments and surgeries grows, so do the rumours and misconceptions around the procedures. Now, it’s time to reconsider our assumptions about plastic surgery.
With the relaxation of lockdown in the UK, more Botox and cosmetic clinics in London and across the country are opening up. Non-essential beauty procedures are now available, and many people are eager to return to their regular beauty regimes and enjoy procedures that were previously inaccessible.
However, as the popularity of cosmetic surgeries and treatments continues to grow, many people are developing misconceptions about these procedures.
At Uvence, our research indicates that the demand for cosmetic surgery will continue to grow in the UK and abroad. We have observed a considerable increase in popularity in recent years, particularly for procedures such as fillers and Botox, which are minimally invasive.
As a result, two key components in the development of cosmetic surgery are to make the procedures less invasive and more affordable. The recent boom in popularity of treatments such as dermal fillers, micro-liposuction and facelifts are encouraging industry experts and innovators to develop more and more advanced treatments.
Now is a pivotal but incredibly exciting time for the industry. The lockdown gave experts a chance to regroup and focus on developing new treatments. Soon, we are going to see more treatments come to market that are more accessible, safer, and less invasive.
What are the misconceptions around cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery?
One of the biggest misconceptions about cosmetic treatments is that they are exclusively for the rich and famous. While almost all plastic surgeries have a cosmetic element and can be quite costly, many procedures actually have more of a focus on reconstruction or laceration repair, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Furthermore, the majority of cosmetic treatments are minimally invasive procedures like Botox or fillers, which are comparatively cheap.
Here are some of the top misconceptions around plastic surgery, cosmetic treatments and other treatments.
Plastic surgery is only for the uber-wealthy
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the vast majority of patients undergoing cosmetic and plastic surgery are middle-class individuals who use their own disposable income.
Now, however, many plastic surgeons offer a variety of flexible financing options. This helps to accommodate patients from a variety of income brackets and provide access to treatment for all. Also, non-surgical procedures including Botox and fillers often cost little more than what a someone can expect to pay at their local hairdresser or salon.
People should wait to get a treatment or surgery until they are approaching their later years
Waiting until later life to undergo a treatment can often cause patients to need more dramatic procedures to achieve the same look – particularly for post-menopausal women. This often means that patients end up with a result that looks ‘overdone’. Undertaking smaller procedures (or ‘tweakments’), at a younger age spread out over time allows results to be maintained longer. In many circumstances, this will also help patients to easily maintain a more natural look.
Plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments are only for women
Men currently represent 8 percent of total cosmetic surgeries, a statistic that has steadily been growing over the past decade. Men in their 40’s and 50’s are increasingly seeking access to non-surgical procedures like Botox and fillers to rejuvenate their appearances. Men are also becoming more comfortable with surgical procedures, including liposuction and rhinoplasty. Many clinics even report that 1 in 5 of their patients are now male.